The biggest overhaul of data protection laws in more than two decades is coming – but what are the implications for businesses and organisations in Suffolk?
That’s the question that will be answered by a panel of experts at a Suffolk Chamber of Commerce brunch next week, when the issues surrounding the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be under discussion.
There will be four speakers covering the four key aspects – data, IT, human resources and law, with Gotelee Solicitors’ Commercial Dispute lawyer Victoria Spellman explaining the legal consequences. The ‘Get GDPR Ready’ business brunch takes place 8am on Tuesday, January 23 at Trinity Park and is open to Suffolk Chamber of Commerce members. To confirm your place, visit suffolkchamber.co.uk.
What is GDPR?
GDPR comes into effect in May and will impact on how businesses process and handle data. The regulation, which replaces the previous 1995 data protection directive, has been designed to better legislate for the digital age in which we live.
These days, almost every aspect of our lives revolves around data, from social media companies, to banks, retailers, and government, all of whom collect and analyse our personal information.
GDPR aims to put the consumer in the driving seat and sets the bar for how businesses look after the personal data of customers and staff – with tougher penalties for those who break the rules.
The risks of failing to securely keep personal data have been laid bare after it emerged that thousands of employees are suing supermarket giant Morrisons after their personal details were leaked online by a senior IT employee.
The leak saw sensitive information of 100,000 employees posted online, while their salaries, national insurance numbers, dates of birth and bank account details were also sent to a number of newspapers.
The saga should act as a warning to businesses and prompt the need to more fully understand the implications of the new rules on sensitive data.
How can Gotelee help?
If you would like advice on how to understand GDPR or how it affects your business, our data protection experts can help. We can advise you on the changes your organisation needs to make to ensure you are compliant with the new regulations and help you educate your staff on their responsibilities.
To find out more, call Victoria Spellman on 01473 298181 or email [email protected]